The Department of English in P. D. Women’s College came into being simultaneously with the establishment of the college in 1950. It offered B. A. general course in English language and Literature for a period of 45 years. Banking on the rich collection of departmental books in the central library—courtesy the favour of the Principal Late Charupama Bose (1950-1961) who herself belonged to the Department—and the adequate number of teaching stuff, the Principal Dr. Jhannabi Bhusan Bose had sent a proposal to the University for the introduction of Honours Course in 1995 to cater to the growing demand of the learners. Since then both the courses are running parallel.
Lack of any exclusive room for the Department and the other facilities implicit in this lacuna notwithstanding, the Department has a smooth sailing phase in recent years: it has four permanent full time teachers, the number of books in the central library—both textbooks and reference books—is just adequate, tutorial classes alongside the regular ones are well-attended by the students and the student-teacher academic interactions outside classrooms are also on the increase. The strength of the Department rests mainly on mutual understanding and cooperation among the teachers who form an assemblage of variegated experience: an Associate Professor at the helm, an Assistant professor at a whispering distance from his Associate-ship, one Assistant Professor with 6 years of experience, and another Assistant Professor having less than two years of teaching experience. The student intake capacity in Honours course went gradually up with the passage of time: in 1995 it was 50, this year it is 105 inclusive of all categories. The Department is happy to get students for the reserved categories in all these years excepting the quota for the physically challenged ones. A good number of tribal students from the tea gardens of Dooars get B. A. degree with Hons. in English every year together with many Scheduled Caste students and those of the general category. It had momentous moments of glory in 2011 when a student of the Toto tribe, Sanchita Toto, (‘TOTO’ is one of the few tribes in West Bengal facing extinction) got graduation with Honours in English from our college.
The lack of a separate set of rooms for the Department has forced it to shelf many of its future plans for expansion and improvement.
Dr. Sanatan Bhowal Dr. Sukata Das Sisodhara Syangbo Avinanda Roy
In 2008 the Department had organized its first ever UGC-sponsored seminar under the aegis of the college. Participation of a good number of teacher scholars mainly from the colleges of the region and the special lectures of the resource persons from three different universities of the state contributed to the grand success of the seminar. It was UGC-sponsored State-Level Seminar on Indian Novels in English: Overviews, Views and Reviews and held on 22 and 23 Feb 2008.
1. Prof. M. K. Roy, Deptt. Of English, Burdwan University
2. Prof. G. N. Roy, Deptt. Of English, North Bengal University
3. Dr. Himadri Lahiri, Reader in English, Burdwan University
4. Dr. Amrit Sen, Reader in English, Viswa-Bharati University
5. Dr. Ranjan Ghosh, Department of English, North Bengal University
After a gap of 7 years the Department again received the sanction of fund from UGC for organizing seminar on Border, Globalization and Identity. Although it was a national seminar held on 27 and 28 November 2015 under the aegis of the institution and organized in collaboration with Indian Association for the Study of Australia (Eastern Region), it took on international dimension with the joining of a resource person from Arizona State University, USA.
1. Prof. G. J. V. Prasad, Department of English, JNU
2. Dr. Tara Prakash Tripathi, Arizona State University, USA
3. Dr. Ranjan Ghosh, Department of English, North Bengal University
4. Dr. Sukriti Ghosal, Principal, M. U. C. Women’s College, Burdwan
A special Lecture has been arranged by the Department on 29 August 2016. Prof. Ashis Sengupta, Deptt. Of English, North Bengal University has delivered the lecture at 12 noon on ‘Why We Study Literature’ in Room 104 of the college. It was a grand success as many students participated in the interactive session following the talk.